It’s not a sex bill, bishop, says Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel

(SPOT.ph) Former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel has rebutted retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz’s Newsbreak essay where he touted the Reproductive Health Bill as "Sex Bill 4244." In her own writeup for the same publication, Baraquel called the controversial legislation "Responsible Parenthood Bill," believing that it promotes children’s welfare.

 

Hontiveros outlined her points vis-a-vis the bishop’s, beginning with Cruz’s claims that the bills hides under the guise of protecting children. "The bill is in its purest and most essential form possible...Its fundamental tripod includes but is not limited to safe sex and family planning methods," she wrote in defense of her advocacy.

 

" ’Copulative delight without fear or worry...’ Is that an evil thing?" said the former representative, referring to Cruz’s belief that the RH Bill led to sexual recklesness as published in earlier reports. "Isn't that how God or the universe envisioned lovemaking?" Hontiveros added. "Fearful and worried copulation-is that what the good archbishop desires for couples?  Hardly a godly or humane vision."

 

Baraquel also added in her essay that the RH bill inspires responsibility for each other’s health and promotes mindfulness.

 

But Cruz and the ex-congresswoman have something in common after all. Both are pushing for "kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap" but from different perspectives. Baraquel pointed out in Newsbreak that her camp had been promoting this slogan ever since, while the Church had never uttered the words even at the height of corruption during the Marcos and Macapagal-Arroyo regimes.

 

Baraquel is one of the staunchest supporters of the RH Bill, even penning a letter addressed to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. There, she wrote that the bill empowers women with ownership of their own bodies.

 

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